ICC Uighur Genocide Complaint Backed by Parliamentarians Around World

11/10/2020

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been urged by an international alliance of parliamentarians to accept a complaint alleging genocide by China against its Uighur Muslim minority.

The complaint, which has been backed by more than 60 parliamentarians from 16 countries, states that the Chinese government may be committing crimes amounting to genocide and other crimes against humanity against the Uighur and other Turkic peoples. Even though the People’s Republic of China is not a signatory to the ICC, the complaint argues that the court has previously ruled that crimes started on the territory of an ICC state party fall within its jurisdiction. The letter claims mass deportation of Uighurs has occurred in Tajikistan and Cambodia, both signatories to the ICC, into China.

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The Guardian